Murphy touts amended act at Farmington manufacturer

By:  Christopher Fortier
New Britain Herald

FARMINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy on Monday visited Turbine Technologies Inc., one of Connecticut’s fastest-growing manufacturers, in recognition of new findings by the Economic Policy Institute that passage of his 21st Century Buy American Act would create up to 100,000 U.S. jobs.

The report found that by closing loopholes in the Buy American Act, including one surrounding overseas use, and boosting the percentage of American-made content of all purchases covered by the old act, Murphy’s bill would increase gross domestic product by $13.6 billion and create 60,000 to 100,000 new jobs in the United States.

“The 21st Century Buy American Act is smart manufacturing policy and a good first step toward rebuilding American manufacturing.” said Robert E. Scott, director of trade and manufacturing policy research at the Economic Policy Institute. “Its passage would set the stage for bipartisan cooperation on fundamental reforms.”

As part of a continuing effort to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy introduced the 21st Century Buy American Act last month to strengthen existing Buy American standards and ensure that the U.S. government prioritize the purchase of American-made goods.

Congress recently passed Murphy’s amendment, sending it to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
“These are our taxpayer dollars, so if we’re spending the money to buy equipment for the military, it should be spent supporting jobs in America,” said Murphy. “It’s time for the U.S. government to get more serious about creating jobs at American companies, rather than in places like Mexico or China, with our taxpayer dollars. I won’t stop fighting for these jobs.”

Turbine Technologies, incorporated in 1963, manufactures and repairs aircraft and industrial gas turbine engine components.